December 3, 2020

Top 10 Alternatives to WinZip and WinRAR

WinZip and WinRAR are two very popular file compressing and archiving tool. They have been around for quite a long time and earned customer satisfaction unlike many others. WinZip and WinRAR aren’t basically free, even though there are many “popular” ways of having a free license to both these programs. To keep it legal and free, there are many alternative tools for the same purpose as well. This article compiles a list of 10 compression and archiving tool that are alternatives to WinZip and WinRAR.

1. 7zip

After WinZip and WinRAR, 7zip is one of the most popular file archiving tools. This program has a very high compression ratio, hence for insanely compressing bigger files into a tiny piece of data file 7zip is very much used. The supported formats for compressing in the 7zip is .7z, .gzip, .bzip2 and.tar. However, few other rare formats like .arj, .udf, .msi, .dmg, .lzh, .z etc. are supported alongside .rar, .cab, .iso and typical .zip and .rar files.

2. PeaZip

PeaZip is a compact and portable program that provides file archive and compress features. This software could run on 32 bit and 64 bit architectures of Microsoft Windows OS; and also Linux. Developers would be able to freely distribute their software using the multiple archive extracting tool at once. Also, features like secured deletion, checksum verification etc. could be useful for secured data transmission.

3. IZArc

Basic features of a data archive and compression tool like add, delete, extract and convert archives are provided on this tool. The most convenient part is – the files inside an archive could be dragged inside and outside with having to extract them manually. CD images like .iso, .cdi, .bin etc. are also executable using IZArc.

4. TUGZip

This software supports a wide range of compressed and archived files; and pleasantly the program comes with a freeware license. The files are encrypted using either of the following algorithms – Blowfish, DES, Triple DES and Rijndael. Apart from the basic compressing and archive functions, TUGZip could repair corrupted archives as well.

5. ZipGenius

Most file formats could be compressed using ZipGenius software. The list of support includes nearly 20 archive formats. Most used and popular formats are .zip, .rar, .7z, .cab, .ace, .arj, .lha, .rpm, .tar etc. Any photo file in the compressed archives will be saved with their viewable thumbnails which makes it very convenient to make archives of photos.

6. WobZip

Unlike the previously mentioned programs, WobZip is an online archive and compression tool. The files may be dragged and dropped onto its interface from the local storage of a computer, or may be selected from an online storage location as well. No installation is required, but a fast internet connection is necessary.

7. ExtractNow

More of a quick extraction tool than being an archiving tool itself. ExtractNow extracts the contents of an archive real quick, allowing the users to be more productive. People in the tech support department should find this software very handy. It’s not a complete file compression and archive tool and it supports only .zip and .rar formats as of yet.

8. Zipeg

To open .rar or .zip files without having WinZip or WinRAR installed on a computer system; Zipeg could be the best solution. It’s a free tool that provides thumbnails for photo archives in .zip and .rar format, and comprehensive features for other popular file types and formats like .zip, .rar, .7z, .arj, .lha, .tar etc. Currently, Zipeg is available on Windows and Mac platforms.

9. Universal Extractor

As the name explains it all, the program Universal Extractor would extract any file off a compressed archive. The supported formats are .zip, .msi, .7z, .rar etc. Many uncommon formats may not be supported yet, but for a handy tool Universal Extractor is just fine.

10. jZip

jZip is a comprehensive, powerful and very useful compression and archive tool. However, the basic software algorithm and coding for this software is based on 7zip archiving utility. The basic features on the jZip program are creating and extracting archive files like .zip, .rar, .tar, .gzip and .7z. Apart from these, jZip can also open CD images like .iso.

Licensing Obligation

Unlike WinZip and WinRAR, these programs are free to download and distribute. However, no unauthorized reproduction or commercial purpose usage is allowed until cleared from the developers. For clarification on these terms, please check the website or T&C pages of the respective software. These programs are free, hence no monetary transaction would take place for personal use.


File compression and archiving is a popular and effective way of storing files in a systematic manner. Also, to send a file over internet it could be very useful to have it compressed. All these purpose are served by these WinZip and WinRAR alternatives.

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